earMUSICHeart has unveiled a new preview of its upcoming concert video, Live in Atlantic City, featuring the band performing the title track of its 1980 album Bébé Le Strange with help from Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. The clip has been posted on the earMUSIC label's YouTube channel.
As previously reported, Live in Atlantic Citywill be released on January 25, 2019, in multiple audio and video configurations. The concert, which took place in March 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, originally was filmed for an episode of the VH1 series Decades Rock Live!
At the show, Heart played a set featuring many of its hits, as well as a few cover tunes. A variety of musical guests hit the stage with the band, including Navarro, Alice in Chains, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and country stars Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson.
In addition to "Bébé Le Strange," Navarro lent his guitar talents to renditions of "Straight On" and "Crazy on You," as well as to a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop." Alice in Chains played two of their own well-known tunes -- "Would?" and "Rooster" -- with Heart and McKagan. Wainwright sang "Dog & Butterfly" with Heart, Gretchen Wilson teamed up with the group for "Even It Up" and a version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Rock 'n' Roll," and Underwood joined the band to belt out the power ballad "Alone."
Live in Atlantic City will be available on CD, vinyl LP, DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD and Blu-ray will include a bonus video feature called Heart Confidential.
In October, another video clip from Live in Atlantic City featuring Heart performing its 2004 song "Lost Angel" was posted on earMUSIC's YouTube channel.
Here's the full Live in Atlantic City track list:
"Bébé Le Strange" -- with Dave Navarro "Straight On" -- with Dave Navarro "Crazy on You" -- with Dave Navarro "Lost Angel" "Even It Up" -- with Gretchen Wilson "Rock 'n' Roll" -- with Gretchen Wilson "Dog & Butterfly" -- with Rufus Wainwright "Would?" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan* "Rooster" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan "Alone" -- with Carrie Underwood "Magic Man" "Misty Mountain Hop" -- with Dave Navarro "Dreamboat Annie" "Barracuda"
Credit: Jim BelmontThe fourth season of the public-television interview series Speakeasy premieres in January, and among the music stars featured on the six new episodes are Sting, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald and Lenny Kravitz. Each episode of the hour-long show features one or more well-known artist conversing about various topics with a friend at a small New York venue.
The new season kicks off January 7 on select public-TV stations and January 13 on the WORLD public-television channel with an episode featuring Sting and his recent collaborator Shaggy, with whom he recorded the new reggae-flavored album 44/876. On the program, the two artists will discuss the making of the record, their Jamaican connection, James Bond, Miles Davis and more.
The other Speakeasy episodes will feature Elliott chatting with Rolling Stone writer/editor David Fricke; Gibbons talking with radio personality Eric Holland; Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke in conversation with music journalist Rob Tannenbaum; McDonald being interviewed by his one-time producer Russ Titelman; and Kravitz talking with his pal Sean Lennon.
Full episodes of Speakeasy also will be streamed at SpeakEasyTalks.com. You can check out preview clips of Sting and Shaggy's conversation at Front and Center's official YouTube channel.
Rossington says of his and his Skynyrd band mates' experience taking part in an episode of the program, "We had a blast doing Speakeasy. We've been reminiscing a lot on our farewell tour this year and it was so cool to sit down with fans in such a small theater and share some of those memories with them."
Credit: Rob DeMartinThis weekend is an eventful one for Bruce Springsteen, who will give the final performance of his long-running stage show Springsteen on Broadway on Saturday, a few hours before a Netflix special of the same name premieres on the streaming service -- at 3:01 a.m. ET.
The Springsteen on Broadway special features a full performance of the rock legend's show at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City, shot in front of a private audience in July of this year. The production was written by The Boss and combines spoken-word segments from his 2016 memoir, Born to Run, with stripped-down renditions of some of his original tunes. Bruce's wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, makes a special appearance, singing two tunes with her husband during the show.
The special was directed and co-produced by Thom Zimny, who previously has worked on various Springsteen documentaries, as well as the 2018 HBO doc Elvis Presley: The Searcher.
The Springsteen on Broadway show opened in October 2017, and has been one of the hottest tickets on Broadway since its premiere. In June, Bruce was presented with a special Tony Award honoring the production.
Here is the full track list of Springsteen on Broadway soundtrack:
"Growin' Up"* "My Hometown"* "My Father's House"* "The Wish"* "Thunder Road"* "The Promised Land"* "Born in the U.S.A."* "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"* "Tougher than the Rest" -- with Patti Scialfa* "Brilliant Disguise" -- with Patti Scialfa* "Long Time Comin'"* "The Ghost of Tom Joad"* "The Rising" "Dancing in the Dark"* "Land of Hope and Dreams" "Born to Run"*
The 15-second clip, which has been posted on Sir Paul's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, shows glimpses of McCartney and Stone in a few theatrically cartoonish scenarios. At one point, Paul and Emma -- who's wearing a bright-orange wig and black-and-white facepaint -- are seen driving in a cardboard-cutout car as a group of actors wearing similar black-and-white faces chase them while flailing their arms in the air.
"Who Cares" is featured on McCartney's latest studio album, Egypt Station. In a "Words Between the Tracks" YouTube feature promoting the record that was posted in September, Paul discusses what the song is about.
"I was imagining young fans, or young people generally, who might hear this and who are going through some sort of problem where they're being picked on," McCartney says. "And these days it would be internet bullying, trolls and all that…I know that happens all over the world to millions of people, so my thing was to try and help, almost give some sort of advice."
Stills, who lived in Gainesville during the 1950s and early '60s and briefly was enrolled in the U. of Florida, also will be a speaker at the ceremony, to be held at the college's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, and will be streamed live at commencement.ufl.edu.
Stephen's many musical achievements include being twice inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He also has enjoyed a successful solo career and most recently he's toured as a duo with folk great Judy Collins in support of their 2017 collaborative album, Everybody Knows.
As a supporter of the University of Florida, Stills donated money to help fund the construction of what is now called the George Steinbrenner Band Building, which houses a rehearsal room named in his honor.
ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day has premiered the video for "Youngblood," a track off of the punk trio's latest album, 2016's Revolution Radio.
The clip features live footage from Green Day's Revolution Radio tour and features a whole lot of backstage shenanigans. You can watch it now on YouTube.
Green Day stayed mostly quiet in 2018, though frontman Billie Joe Armstrong pursued a number of different side projects, including his band The Longshot. However, it looks like they'll return in a big way for 2019, as they've been rehearsing some of their classic albums in full, such as 1994's Dookie.
Additionally, Armstrong revealed in a recent Instagram Live session that he's writing new Green Day songs.
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaBryan Adams made a surprise appearance on ABC's The View on Friday, joining girl-group legend Darlene Love for a rousing rendition of her soulful 1963 holiday classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."
The performance, which was part of The View's annual holiday episode, featured the chat show's co-hosts singing backing vocals.
After the performance, Adams revealed that he plans to release a new studio album in March 2019 titled Shine a Light, and announced exclusively that it will include a duet with Jennifer Lopez. Bryan also gave a shout-out to J.Lo's mother, who was in the audience.
Adams will kick off the New Year with a tour of his home country, Canada, which begins January 22 in Moncton, New Brunswick. He then will launch a U.K. trek in support of Shine a Light in February. Love has a series of holiday shows lined up this month in the northeastern U.S.
Here are Adams' confirmed 2019 Canadian dates:
1/22 -- Moncton, NB, Avenir Centre 1/23 -- Halifax, NS, Scotiabank Centre 1/25 -- Quebec City, QC, Videotron Centre 1/26 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 1/27 -- Kingston, ON, Leon's Centre 1/29 -- Oshawa, ON, Tribute Communities Centre 1/30 -- Kitchener, ON, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium 1/31 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens 2/1 -- St. Catharines, ON, Meridian Centre
And here are Love's remaining 2018 concerts:
12/14 -- Medford, MA, Chevalier Theatre 12/16 -- Port Washington, NY, Landmark on Main - Jeanne Rimsky Theatre 12/17 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 12/19 -- Wayne, NJ, Shea Center for Performing Arts - William Paterson University 12/20 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts 12/21 -- New York, NY, Sony Hall 12/22 -- New York, NY, Sony Hall
ABC/Craig SjodinOver the summer, Pearl Jam played two shows in their home town of Seattle. For the second show they were joined by a trio of fellow grunge veterans: Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, and Mudhoney's Mark Arm and Steve Turner.
During the show, they all teamed up for a cover of the Stooges classic "Search and Destroy," and you can watch official footage of the performance now on YouTube.
Pearl Jam released the "Search and Destroy" video as part of their 12 Days of PJ promotion in honor of the holiday season. Each day, the band is sharing exclusive live videos from their 2018 tour. Earlier this week, they shared footage of their performance of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" with Jack White in Portugal.
Earlier this year, Pearl Jam released a new song called "Can't Deny Me." The grunge icons are thought to be working on a new album, the follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt, but the status of that material remains unknown.
Brushbranch/Surfdog, EPC EnterprisesOne of this year's most unexpected Christmas albums has beenHappy Xmas by Eric Clapton. It includes one original tune, some obscure covers, and classics such as "Silent Night" and "White Christmas." The rock legend explains that the project grew out of his love of Christmas songs...but the whole thing was his wife's idea.
"I do a Christmas playlist every year, different genres, either jazz or swing or modern rock," Clapton explains. "This last one, it was country, I think. Which led my wife, Malia, to say, 'You should do a Christmas album.'"
That inspired Clapton to scour the internet, looking for offbeat holiday songs for the project, as well as for ideas on how to give legendary tunes like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Away in a Manger" a unique spin. He's pleased with how the album came out, but admits it won't bother him if his fans don't like it.
"I do [my music] for me," he says. "And if I'm satisfied with what we've done...I mean, maybe this is not the right thing to say -- but I don't care if anybody else likes it. If they do, that's icing on the cake, but for me, I've done something I'm really proud of."
While the legendary guitarist has certainly led a life filled with sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, Clapton is the first to admit that he has a real sentimental appreciation for Christmas and its accompanying traditions.
"Christmas for me is snow, a roaring fire, a few chestnuts knocking about and a huge turkey," he admits. "My wife is an incredible cook, so she will lay on the best Christmas lunch. And a perfect tree...I mean, all the classic things."
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMiley Cyrus used her appearance on Thursday's Tonight Show to announce the release of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," a remake of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 single, featuring Mark Ronson and John and Yoko's son, Sean Ono Lennon.
Miley told host Jimmy Fallon the nearly 50-year-old song is just as timely today.
"We wanted to do a Christmas song," she explained, "and I don't think anything [speak louder to] what's going on right now than about you know, 'War Is Over.'"
Adds Cyrus, "I've always loved John and Yoko. I'm such a big Yoko fan, and so, it's been amazing to work with [Sean]."
In addition to his famous pedigree, Miley said Sean's voice "is just so special," adding, "I think, more than just inheriting the voice or you know, the way he looks...it's about the magic that you know, he has and I think that is what he's inherited more than anything."
Miley also announced the three of them will perform the song on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, when she and Ronson will be the music guests.
Miley, who lost her Malibu home in last month's California wildfires, told Fallon that she came out of the experience with something even more valuable.
"When you remember things that you loved and lost, whether it's photos or old Elvis [Presley] records or something my dad's given me, it doesn't make it easier, she said, but being able to go back and rebuild this together, you know, be stronger together...it's given a really beautiful light at the end of something pretty dark."
Cyrus also joined Fallon for a “Name That Song Challenge,” where they competed to try to guess random songs Tonight Show house band The Roots were playing, one instrument at a time.
Courtesy of MasterClassCarlos Santana is the latest celebrity to share his expertise by hosting a tutorial on the MasterClass website.
In his class, called "Carlos Santana Teaches the Art and Soul of Guitar," the 71-year-old rock legend discusses his spiritual approach to playing his instrument, how he helped create some of his band's classic songs and much more.
Carlos tells ABC Radio that the main goal of his MasterClass feature is to explain to aspiring musicians "how to get inside the note…how to make notes be gravity-free and outside of time."
Santana maintains that many musicians are too concerned about technical aspects of the guitar, and should focus more on channeling their emotions into the instrument.
"I demonstrate and present how important it is to not be trapped with how many pedals you use on the floor," he explains. "Unplug from there and go straight to the amplifier and make your…whole physical body…create the sound with your fingers that gives people chills, make[s] people cry and laugh at the same time."
Among the Santana songs that Carlos demonstrates and discusses in the tutorial are "Oye Como Va," "Black Magic Woman," "Smooth" and "Maria, Maria."
Carlos also name checks other artists who he feels approached music in a similar way, include Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye.
"They're not the flavor of the second. They stay here for ever," Santana says. "[T]he reason that all of them are here still, and relevant, is because the music that they created...[is] able to penetrate people's hearts."
A single MasterClass costs $90, while a $180 annual payment will give you access to all available tutorials. Carlos' class features 16 lessons and a workbook. Visit MasterClass.com/cs for more information.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLittle has been heard from Van Halen since its last tour ended in October 2015, but in a new interview with Vulture, frontman David Lee Roth drops major hints that the band will be hitting the road again in 2019.
According to the article, the first indication Roth gave that something was brewing with Van Halen occurred when he came to Vulture's offices in New York City for the interview and paid a visit to the copy-editing department.
While there, he commented, "When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin', maybe with somebody famous…I'll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment."
Roth later told the interviewer that his band will be "playing where the Yankees play."
Asked if he could confirm that Van Halen had plans to play Yankee Stadium, Dave backtracked, saying, "If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, 'Oh, this leaked…' But, the band will be -- I can't say."
He then added, "I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show: Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters, [country stars Eric] Church and [Chris] Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved."
Roth also gave some insight into why there are always long gaps between Van Halen tours.
"You can't keep serving it every year," he explained. "We're on a James Bond schedule, every three-and-a-half summers, so you don't go, 'Weren't you just here?' and then we'd start selling fewer tickets."
Also in the Vulture interview, Roth discussed a new business venture he's launched, Ink the Original, a line of skincare products made to keep tattoos from fading.
Credit: Mike ColucciBilly Joel doesn't turn 70 until 2019, but he's already planned his birthday party.
The Piano Man will usher in his seventh decade on May 9, 2019, by performing at New York's Madison Square Garden, the site of his monthly residency since 2014. This performance will be Joel's 110th career performance at the legendary venue.
Citi card members will get first crack at pre-sale tickets starting Monday, December 17 at 10 a.m. ET. You can also get pre-sale tickets by registering for Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program; registration for that is now open, and the pre-sale starts on Wednesday, December 19.
Don't want to bother with all that? Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 21 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com.
In May of 2014, Joel celebrated his 65th birthday onstage at the Garden, where he welcomed guests like Jimmy Fallon and Howard Stern. He told the crowd that night, "Welcome to my birthday party! I'm supposed to retire at this age... or at least not have the name 'Billy!'"
Joel's frenemy Elton John also has done the Madison Square Garden birthday gig thing: He turned 60 onstage at the venue on March 25, 2007.
Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Jacob Blickenstaff/TCI Artists; Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 inductees were announced earlier today, and a number of the honorees have commented on the happy news in interviews, or by posting on their social media accounts or via interviews.
Stevie Nicks, who will become the first female artist to be inducted twice into the Rock Hall -- having previously been honored as a member of Fleetwood Mac -- writes on her Twitter feed, "I have a lot to say about this -- but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It's a glorious feeling."
The Zombies had been eligible for induction for 30 years, and were nominated four times before being chosen for the honor. Founding vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent spoke separately with Rolling Stone about how it feels to finally be acknowledged by the Rock Hall.
"I've tried to be fairly philosophical about it and tell myself that if we don't get inducted, it's just a bit of fun," Blunstone explained. "But of course when you're actually inducted everything changes and you think, 'This is a career-defining…a life-defining moment.'"
Argent notes, "To think that…I'm on the same roster as Miles Davis, Ray Charles and all my heroes that have been inducted…it just feels like a complete honor."
Meanwhile, Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry, speaking for his old band, writes on his own Twitter feed, "We are delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of everyone who has been involved in the world of Roxy Music -- musicians, engineers, producers, designers and numerous people behind the scenes… and of course our loyal fans."
James Devaney/GC ImagesMeg Ryan announced last month that she was engaged to her off-again, on-again boyfriend John Mellencamp. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer generally has kept quiet about his relationship with the famous actress, but he opened up a bit about her in an interview that aired this morning on NBC's Today show.
Asked about his love life, Mellencamp said of Ryan, "I'm engaged at 67 to a very funny woman; funniest woman I ever met."
As for why it took a while before the couple decided to tie the knot, the singer/songwriter admitted, "One could well imagine I'm not the easiest guy to get along with, so let's leave it at that."
Also during the conversation, Mellencamp admitted that he bought an apartment in New York City -- where the interview was being conducted -- so he could have a place to paint when he came to the Big Apple to visit Ryan.
The couple first dated from 2011 through 2014, then rekindled their romance last year.
Also during the Today interview, Mellencamp also revealed plans for an interesting new project: a stage production based on one of his most famous songs.
"We're getting ready to mount 'Jack and Diane' as a Broadway… musical," he says. "Every problem that this country's going through today is in that musical. This is not a jukebox musical. My ambitions are set very high, as close to [John] Steinbeck as we can get it in today's world, with these two kids."
John previously tried his hand at musical theater in 2012 with Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a collaboration with author Stephen King and producer T Bone Burnett.
Mellencamp recently released a new covers compilation called Other People's Stuff; he'll promote the album with a U.S. tour kicking off in February.
Credit: Kevin NixonAs announced earlier today, Def Leppard is among seven artists who'll be welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The honor comes after the British rockers got the most votes in the Rock Hall's online fan poll, which prompted the band to post a video message on their YouTube channel thanking fans for their support.
"Guys, girls, everybody, thank you so much for voting for us for the 2019 nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We are now inductees," frontman Joe Elliott declares in the clip. "We will be there in March because you voted for us."
Elliot says, "[A] massive thanks to all our fans & past inductees who voted for us. Congratulations to all our fellow inductees, we stand alongside some amazing artists, past & present. What an absolute honor."
Guitarist Phil Collen writes, "We started 2018 off at the Royal Albert Hall and to now cap it all off with a nod into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is brilliant."
Bassist Rick Savage adds, "Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts Def Leppard in a class of peers that we've always appreciated and admired."
Drummer Rick Allen shared similar sentiments, noting, "What an honor for Def Leppard to be included in this year's induction with so many other talented and deserving artists."
Lastly, guitarist Vivian Campbell, says, "Coming into Def Leppard after stints with other bands, it was immediately apparent to me that Leppard had ambition far beyond most...After 26 years as the new guy, I can assure you that the work ethic and the collective focus of this band is just as strong to this day."
Hollywood RecordsA two-LP vinyl edition of the hit soundtrack to the acclaimed Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will be released on February 8, 2019. In addition, a limited-edition picture-disc version of the album will be available on April 13 as part of the 2019 Record Store Day campaign, as will a special seven-inch single featuring Queen's classic song "Bohemian Rhapsody" backed with "I'm In Love with My Car."
The standard two-disc vinyl version of the soundtrack, which comes pressed on black vinyl, was mastered specially at London's Abbey Road Studios. It can be pre-ordered now.
The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack was co-produced by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and features 22 tracks, including the classic studio versions of several of the band's most famous songs, updated renditions of some tunes, and rare or previously unreleased concert performances. Among the latter tracks are the five songs that Queen played at the historic 1985 Live Aid concert at London's Wembley Stadium, which had never been officially released in audio form.
Following its initial release on CD and digitally in October, the soundtrack peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has spent five straight weeks on the top 10 of the tally.
The Bohemian Rhapsody film debuted at #1 at the U.S. box office, and has remained in the top five for six weeks.
As previously reported, Queen -- with singer Adam Lambert -- will mount a new North American trek dubbed the Rhapsody tour next summer. The six-week outing kicks off July 10 in Vancouver, Canada, and wraps August 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Here's the full track list of the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack's vinyl version:
Side 1 "20th Century Fox Fanfare" "Somebody to Love" "Doing All Right…Revisited" -- Smile "Keep Yourself Alive" (Live at The Rainbow) "Killer Queen" "Fat Bottomed Girls" (Live in Paris)
Side 2 "Bohemian Rhapsody" "Now I'm Here" (Live at Hammersmith Odeon) "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" "Love of My Life" (Rock in Rio)
Side 3 "We Will Rock You" (Movie Mix) "Another One Bites the Dust" "I Want to Break Free" "Under Pressure" -- Queen & David Bowie "Who Wants to Live Forever"
Side 4 "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Live Aid) "Radio Ga Ga" (Live Aid) "Ay-Oh" (Live Aid) "Hammer to Fall" (Live Aid) "We Are the Champions" (Live Aid) "Don't Stop Me Now…Revisited" "The Show Must Go On"
Courtesy of Elton JohnUnlike many of his peers, Elton John is famous for his love of current music and artists, and he's just teamed up with one of them to record a special track.
Elton has recorded a version of the song "Young Dumb and Broke" -- by 20-year-old Grammy-nominated R&B singer Khalid -- for Spotify Singles, which feature artists performing a new version of one of their big hits, and a cover version of a favorite track. Khalid himself joined Elton for the track, which was recorded live in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
In a statement, Elton said, "I discovered Khalid's music a few years ago, and have been a fan ever since. We finally met when I played his home town of El Paso [Texas] last year. It's a thrill to be a small part of any new artist's journey, and it's been wonderful to see his star continue to rise and rise."'
He adds, "'Young Dumb & Broke' is a fabulous song, one of my favorites and I'm really pleased that he liked my cover enough to contribute vocals."
Khalid posted a link to the track and tweeted, "this is so crazy Thank you so much @eltonofficial."
For his other Spotify Single, Elton recorded a new version of his classic 1973 tune "Bennie and the Jets." Both are available for streaming and download now.
Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will welcome seven new inductees in the Performers category in 2019, including five British bands from different areas and eras of the rock spectrum and two iconic female solo artists.
Next year's Rock Hall honorees are Def Leppard, The Zombies, Roxy Music, The Cure, Radiohead, Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson. The 34th annual ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Four of the inductees -- Def Leppard, Nicks, The Zombies and The Cure -- were among the five top vote-getters in the Rock Hall's fan poll. They finished first, second, fourth and fifth, respectively. Also worth pointing out, three of the honorees were nominated for the first time this year: Def Leppard, Nicks and Roxy Music.
As previously noted, when Nicks enters the Rock Hall as a solo artist next year, she'll become the first two-time female inductee, having also been inducted in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris tells ABC Radio of Nicks' achievement, "There's a number of men that are in twice, but she is the first female to do that. We're very excited and honored that this is the year."
Regarding top vote-getter Def Leppard, Harris says, "I think that they brought metal to the masses…[They] just delivered a…sound that people really embraced."
The Zombies are the inductees that waited the longest for the honor, having been eligible since 1989. Notes Harris, "Their body of work in the '60s [was small but] was very impactful, very important.
Tickets for the ceremony go on sale to the general public in January. Pre-sale tickets will be available to people who've signed up for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame membership prior to December 31, 2018.
Craft RecordingsIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival's debut album this year, the band recently released a vinyl box set called The Complete Studio Albums featuring remastered versions of all seven of the influential roots-rock group's studio LPs.
CCR drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford tells ABC Radio that he loves the sound of the new discs, which were mastered at half-speed at London's Abbey Road Studios and pressed onto 180-gram vinyl.
"[I]t makes everything a lot cleaner, a lot more realistic and a lot warmer," Clifford says of half-speed mastering.
Creedence's entire seven-album studio output spans from 1968 to 1972, and during that time the band scored nine top 10 hits, five of which were two-sided singles. And while those hits certainly are highlights of the group's catalog, Clifford says that many fans who buy the box set will get to discover many excellent lesser-known tunes.
"[T]here are some great album cuts on every single album of the seven, and [many] people will be hearing those for the first time," he points out. "So to me, that's really exciting."
Asked what his favorite CCR album is, Doug chooses 1970's Cosmo's Factory, because it's his "namesake album" and "was our most successful record." The album spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. As for his favorite Creedence song, Clifford picks "Born on the Bayou," the lead track from the band's second album, 1969's Bayou Country. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
The box set also comes packaged with an 80-page book containing new liner notes, vintage photos and reproductions of band memorabilia.
Here's a full list of the LPs included in CCR's The Complete Studio Albums collection:
Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) Bayou Country (1969) Green River (1969) Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) Cosmo's Factory (1970) Pendulum (1970) Mardi Gras (1972)